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Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

POSTED: 07:13 AM ET, 09/30/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The story of the CIA officer, his mistress and his wealthy businessman friend appears to have come to an end, with the intelligence agency's former executive director likely facing about two years behind bars.

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the former No. 3 official in the CIA, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of wire fraud stemming from sweetheart contracting deals he awarded to a friend and a high-level CIA job he got for his mistress.

Prosecutors say he received $1,000 meals and lavish vacations from his friend, California businessman and GOP donor Brent R. Wilkes, in exchange for helping Wilkes score CIA contracts. Foggo, 53, was originally charged last year with 28 counts of wire and mail fraud, unlawful money transactions and making false statements.

Check out yesterday's court filing in the CIA case:


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The favors he got from Wilkes included:

-- An offer of a "high-level, high-paying" job in Wilkes's companies after he retired

-- Family vacations in Scotland, aboard a private jet, and a trip to a Hawaiian estate, costing $32,000, along with a $4,000 helicopter ride to a round of golf and more than $44,000 in lodging

-- A cigar humidor

-- Meals at the Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Serbian Crown in Washington.

At his Jan. 8 sentencing, Foggo faces up to 20 years in prison for the one count (although prosecutors have recommended he serve only 37 months).

The plea deal comes about three weeks after Foggo threatened to divulge classified information about the identities of numerous agents and programs as part of his defense, prosecutors said.

His attorneys wanted to "portray Foggo as a hero engaged in actions necessary to protect the public from terrorist acts," prosecutors said at the time. They called his efforts "a thinly disguised attempt to twist this straightforward case into a referendum on the global war on terror," according to court filings.

Foggo was long considered a pseudo-political appointee by former CIA Director Porter J. Goss, a man who had served with the agency for 25 years in far-flung outposts in Honduras, Austria and Germany and had prided himself in his new role as the watchdog over media leaks by CIA officials. (When told of a book about an agency analyst's work on a book about the Osama bin Laden case, he is accused of telling the ex-official, Gary Berntsen, that he would "redact the [expletive] out of your book so no one will want to read it.")

Foggo first was implicated in the corruption scheme back in March 2006, when former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for accepting bribes and gifts. As part of his sentence, Cunningham admitted using his seats on the House appropriations and intelligence committees to earmark funding for programs intended for business associates, including Wilkes.

The CIA's inspector general began looking into Foggo's dealings with Wilkes, a friend from the pair's high school and college days. At the time, the agency said the review was routine and confirmed that Foggo had attended private poker games with Wilkes at a Washington hotel, but stressed that Foggo said he had done nothing improper. (Wilkes later pleaded guilty to bribery for giving Cunningham money and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in work from the Pentagon. He was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison.)

After Goss was forced to resign in April 2006, Foggo said he would resign, too.

Federal agents then searched Foggo's seventh-floor suite at CIA headquarters -- an event some agency officials described as unprecedented -- and hauled away boxes of evidence from his home in the Oakdale Park section of Vienna. Congressional investigators opened up their own probe and he was indicted in February 2007.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 30, 2008; 7:13 AM ET Hot Documents
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Kan`t the CIA stop thier dirt games?

Posted by: Howard Robard Hughes IIV | September 30, 2008 8:11 AM

Hang him

Posted by: jerry | September 30, 2008 8:11 AM

"The plea deal comes about three weeks after Foggo threatened to divulge classified information about the identities of numerous agents and programs as part of his defense, prosecutors said."
So instead we make a deal with the criminal. What a joke to the judicial system. I thought blackmail was a criminal offense as well. This judge should be investigate as well.

Posted by: konar | September 30, 2008 8:24 AM

The real question is who is this mistress? and was she good looking?

Posted by: me | September 30, 2008 8:27 AM

Not Fair or Right CROOKED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE'S Get A Slap On The Hand, While the American Public Has To Abide by the LAWS! DO THE CRIME-SPEND YOUR TIME IN PRISON WHERE YOU DESERVE!

Posted by: Bill | September 30, 2008 8:28 AM

2 YEARS!!! What a joke, send him to prison and throw away the key.

Posted by: Bill | September 30, 2008 8:37 AM

That was an expensive peice of A--. Where there is money being stolen, there's usually a woman directly involved or a guy trying to impress a woman.
It's true. It's like they say "everything a man does is to impress a woman".
When you add everything up...it really is cheaper to buy a prostitute.
At least with them you don't have to act like your interested in what they're saying.

Posted by: Paul | September 30, 2008 8:42 AM

Over the last 20 years I've observed an endless number of corruption scandals in both private and public sectors and think it might be worth pondering if the allure of power and wealth as we see it isn't simply to strong a drug for man. Another way of looking at it is, are the types of structures we live in today, the actual creators of these types of characters?

Posted by: Joseph | September 30, 2008 8:43 AM

Another big question is did he have sexual relations with the mistress aboard the Jet to Scotland? He is probably a member of another elite club, Mile high. At 525mph it brings new meaning to fast women.

Posted by: Foytiss | September 30, 2008 8:44 AM

And the penalty for possession of a few grams of pot is what?

Posted by: Mahem Bar | September 30, 2008 8:52 AM

It is the American way, I cannot trust anyone in America anymore. What a corrupt incompetent government and society. We are witnessing the RAPE OF AMERICA BY ITS OWN.

Posted by: PillageOfAmerica | September 30, 2008 9:03 AM

Hwat a dael?

Posted by: Dve | September 30, 2008 9:03 AM

GOP, Republican, hmmmm...

Crooked lot of old white men aren't they?

$700 Billion anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: TravisM | September 30, 2008 9:03 AM

America is becoming everything it detested in other countries.

Posted by: PillageOfAmerica | September 30, 2008 9:06 AM

I am sure many more at the White House should go to jail. The question is anyone in the GOP honest enough to work in government? I have a feeling the next few years our courts are going to be full of this type of case. One thing is for sure people like Ted Stevens are going to have their friends to play cards with while in prison.

Posted by: Archie Haase | September 30, 2008 9:33 AM

too bad he couldn't drag his case out to Jan '09. Still, doubt he'll be in prison longer than that -- Look for W to issue a record number of Presidential Pardons.

Posted by: Common Tator | September 30, 2008 10:02 AM

Wow, sounds like Paul has a little trouble with the ladies. They must just be overwhelmed by his classy attitude. Like you say Paul, at least there's always prostitutes.

Posted by: John | September 30, 2008 10:11 AM

There are jobs that very few people can do, or want to do, but need to be done. CIA has many of those jobs. These kind of jobs do change people. Some for the better, some for the worse. We should not accept what's happening but understand that it is not an easy business to keep clean.

Posted by: Cory | September 30, 2008 10:24 AM

He threatened to divulge classified information. In my book that makes him nothing less than a national TRAITOR and he should be hung until dead.

Posted by: Bob Mann | September 30, 2008 10:25 AM

Republicans never put their country first. They wrap themselves in the flag, hide behind The Cross and accuse everyone else of being un-American while they loot the treasury and pass it out to their friends. Republicans need to be weeded out of the Government the hate.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 30, 2008 10:37 AM

"ALL HAIL THE SAVIOR, OBAMA!!"

What a bunch of morons you all are. I think I will pick out all the Democrats who have been accused and convicted and use that as an excuse to hang the entire party. Such simplemindedness is why you Dems fall into such a love affair with anyone claiming "CHANGE" is near!!

Posted by: Libertarian | September 30, 2008 10:50 AM

I wonder how much the CIA No. 3 was paid. It should have been included in the article. Was Dusty's prime motivation material gain, or the desire to help out his buddy?

Posted by: Nick | September 30, 2008 11:33 AM

Now lets give him access to every telephone call in the country. The government would never abuse our trust.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 11:35 AM

You know who else made political appointments at the top of his security apparatus?

Posted by: Aggro | September 30, 2008 11:35 AM

corruption. you could move to another country where corruption of the government is so historical that it's just Implied. I dont know about Canada, but they dont even have a constitution

Posted by: tweed | September 30, 2008 11:38 AM

I happen to agree with Bob Mann and konar. Threatening to divulge classified information for one's own benefit is a form of blackmail. He would only be a traitor if he actually used the information, though. Yeah, it's a tough job and a dirty business but the majority seem to get by just fine.

And, people, quit making everything a partisan issue. Enough!!!

Posted by: MoDover | September 30, 2008 11:45 AM

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Barry Seal->Bill Clinton

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Tom Delay->Jack Abramoff->Ben Waldman->Pat Robertson

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Roy Blunt


Posted by: Bobby | September 30, 2008 11:45 AM

2 YEARS??????

Posted by: Alderwho | September 30, 2008 11:46 AM

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Barry Seal->Bill Clinton->Dianne Feinstein->Patrick Sobol->Jenny Condrick->Me

Is this some sort of game you're playing?

Posted by: Aggro | September 30, 2008 11:49 AM

Dusty Foggo->Porter Goss->General Mahmoud Ahmad->Mohammed Atta !!

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Barry Seal->Richard BenVeniste->Truman Arnold->Wally Hilliard->Jerry Falwell !!!

Posted by: Bobby | September 30, 2008 11:54 AM

Does anybody besides me wonder why "Political Dishonesty & Corruption" isn't the #1 issue in the Presidential race?

It seems to me that if we have honest, trustworthy politicians who are really interested in what's best for the country instead of what's best for their wallet, the rest of the nation's problems would get solved in short order.

Posted by: Chuck | September 30, 2008 11:55 AM

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Tom Delay->Jack Abramoff->Saleh Abdullah Kamel->Osama bin Laden->Mohamed el-Amir->Michael Chertoff->Kevin Bacon

Posted by: Bobby | September 30, 2008 12:02 PM

Just the threat of naming CIA agents and secrets is treasonous and traitorous in nature. This man should be locked up in a solitary confinement for a long time not given a reduced sentence in the Federal country club. He has already compromised himself, his position and the public trust. Remember Richard Armitage, who admitted to leaking Plame's name but got no prison time.

Posted by: Pharaohjohnson | September 30, 2008 12:04 PM

Most of your grammatical skills are commical. I'm glad we all graduated high school here...Can't is spelled with a C you moron.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 12:29 PM

"Does anybody besides me wonder why "Political Dishonesty & Corruption" isn't the #1 issue in the Presidential race?

It seems to me that if we have honest, trustworthy politicians who are really interested in what's best for the country instead of what's best for their wallet, the rest of the nation's problems would get solved in short order."


Nice observation. lol This is what happens when you give poliitically retarded gits computers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 12:32 PM

At least one corrupt official has to be put to death or life sentence for this to stop. They should sign a contract accepting a life sentence if a corruption action is found later. 2 years is a joke. He'll be free in 7 months for "good behavior". Shouldn't the sentence be 10 times longer for being a person in a position of trust?
Let me guess... he has done this kind of things for the past 30 years and avoid detection, so he gets 2 years. He is 53 years old. Nobody starts being corrupt at 53. Is a lifetime commitment.

Posted by: Fernando | September 30, 2008 12:44 PM

I wonder what he really knows about 9-11???

Posted by: ABCD | September 30, 2008 1:47 PM

Dusty Foggo->Brent Wilkes->Tom Delay->Jack Abramoff->Saleh Abdullah Kamel->Osama bin Laden->Mohamed el-Amir->Michael Chertoff->Dr. Magdy el-Amir->Osama bin Laden->Sheikh Salem bin Laden->James R. Bath->George W. Bush->Myron DuBain->George H.W. Bush->Barry Seal->Richard BenVeniste->Terry McAuliffe->Bill Clinton->Truman Arnold->Wally Hilliard->Rudi Dekkers->Mohammed Atta->Ben Waldman->Jack Abramoff->Robert Ney->Ralph Reed->Carl Rove

Shucks, I used Abramoff twice!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 2:49 PM

Hey Bobby
You forgot Elvis, man.

Posted by: LadyStealth | September 30, 2008 5:36 PM

and this is just the one we know about.

Posted by: V4Vendetta | October 1, 2008 8:38 AM

Was'nt Foggo's work mostly classified stuff?
Is it possible the prosecution did not want Foggo to defend himself with all relevant materials and therefore went to the press with their little complaint so people like us have something to blog about.May be their case is not as solid as originally thought.
After all that water deal was only $900 worth and is it not true that in the end the judge would decide what materials are allowed into the defense?

Posted by: Scott | October 1, 2008 9:18 PM

Forgive me for say that you people need to stop playing childs games and get real education of what to become of your existence. Smile as you read burn as your work real deals with real people laugh behind your back agent 007 information that you can never have. HA ha HA.

Posted by: Jupiter | October 2, 2008 7:21 PM

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